December 29, 1913: Shackleton’s Annoucement in The Times

In the first general public announcement of his plans for the first crossing of Antarctica, Shackleton posted a letter to the London Times that began: “Sir,—It has been an open secret for some time past that I have been desirous of leading another expedition to the South Polar regions. “I am glad now to be … More December 29, 1913: Shackleton’s Annoucement in The Times

January 6, 1913: Wild’s field party arrives back at the Western Party home base

–from Frank Wild’s field diary published in Lief Mills’ “Frank Wild“– “6 January. 7 miles. There was still a strong breeze when we started this morning, but no drift, and after an hour’s march we saw the mast with the glasses and soon after the hut. Just before reaching the hut we all started singing … More January 6, 1913: Wild’s field party arrives back at the Western Party home base

January 5, 1913: “35 miles, the best we have yet done.”

–from Frank Wild’s sledging diary, quoted in Lief Mills’ “Frank Wild“– “5 January, 35 miles. . . .During the lunch hour we rigged a sail on the dog sledge, using tent poles as a mast, floor cloth for a sail, ice axe as upper yard and bamboo lower yard. . .Later on in the afternoon … More January 5, 1913: “35 miles, the best we have yet done.”

December 29, 1912: Wild on the homeward trail

–from Frank Wild’s field diary, published in Leif Mills’ “Frank Wild— “29 December. 10-1/2 miles. Under way at 2.45 am; not so cold as yesterday, cloudy sky, light easterly breeze, and as course was west the sail was useful. Passed several rock outcrops and Watson went over to them, mostly gneiss and granite, one being … More December 29, 1912: Wild on the homeward trail

December 21, 1912: Frank Wild’s Western Party heads for home

–from Wild’s journal published in Lief Mills’ “Frank Wild”– “21 December. The glacier we have been following up sweeps round these rocks to the south west and appears to commence just beyond. From east to south there are ice falls tumbling down on to the glacier, and beyond the ice cap ascends very gradually as … More December 21, 1912: Frank Wild’s Western Party heads for home

December 10, 1912: “nothing was visible on the surface but the dark mouths of open holes. . .” Wild in Queen Mary Land

–from Frank Wild’s sledging journal quoted in Lief Mills’ Frank Wild– “10 December.  2 miles 700 yards.  . . .The light was changeable and half an hour after starting we got amongst crevasses, several open ones, and many more covered with only slight depressions to show where they were. “We had to halt several times … More December 10, 1912: “nothing was visible on the surface but the dark mouths of open holes. . .” Wild in Queen Mary Land

December 3, 1912: Down a crevasse in Queen Mary Land. . . .

–from Frank Wild’s field diary, quoted in Lief Mills’ Frank Wild— “3 December. Bright morning, so called all hands at 3.40 and though we had a lot of digging out, we were under way at 6 am.  The surface was even worse than we expected, 18 inches of soft snow:  our tracks out were of … More December 3, 1912: Down a crevasse in Queen Mary Land. . . .

November 26, 1912: “I never saw anything so gloriously beautiful . . . .”

–from Frank Wild’s sledging journal quoted in Lief Mills’ Frank Wild— “26 November.  3 miles 1050 yards.  Another very hard day, and weather still beautiful  We were going hard amongst pressure and across an open lead this morning for three hours to get half a mile on, and at 1 pm had done just a … More November 26, 1912: “I never saw anything so gloriously beautiful . . . .”